Binge-eating disorder is characterized by recurrent binge-eating
episodes during which a person feels a loss of control over his or her
eating. Unlike bulimia, binge-eating episodes are not followed by
purging, excessive exercise or fasting. As a result, people with
binge-eating disorder often are overweight or obese. They also
experience guilt, shame, and/or distress about the binge-eating, which
can lead to more binge-eating.
Obese people with binge-eating disorder often have coexisting psychological illnesses including anxiety, depression, and personality disorders. In addition, links between obesity and cardiovascular disease and hypertension are well documented.
Treatment options for binge-eating disorder are similar to those used to treat bulimia. Fluoxetine and other antidepressants may reduce binge-eating episodes and help alleviate depression in some patients. Patients with binge-eating disorder also may be prescribed appetite suppressants. Psychotherapy, especially CBT, is also used to treat the underlying psychological issues associated with binge-eating, in an individual or group environment.
Source: National Institute of Mental Health
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